One of the most important provisions of the Affordable Care Act is one that helps ensure people are not discriminated against when they seek medical attention. The Health Care Rights Law (Section 1557 of the ACA) protects us all — especially the LGBTQ community, women, people with disabilities, and people for whom English is not their primary language. And now, the Trump administration wants to weaken those protections.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has proposed a rule that would dismantle the Health Care Rights Law and make it more difficult for all people to receive the…
By Beth Lynk
The late New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan once said 12 words that should resonate with everyone in a democracy: “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts.” Facts are the basis of sound decisions. But today, opinions that are far from factual are driving and distorting the debate on the very question of how our government gets its facts every 10 years — the constitutionally mandated census.
The Leadership Conference Education Fund is part of a coalition of nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations that have decades of experience working to ensure a fair and…
By Mike Zubrensky
Dear Senator Graham,
You have just become chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is charged with reviewing judicial nominees for lifetime appointments and key executive branch appointees like the attorney general. The committee has become highly politicized in recent years under the acrimonious chairmanship of Senator Chuck Grassley. You have the power to restore the committee’s spirit of integrity and independence, and you owe it to your country, the Constitution, and the federal judiciary to do so.
You have broader duties than mere allegiance to your political party, and you have demonstrated the ability to work…
While you may be seeking a higher office in the state of Georgia, you must uphold the obligations you swore to uphold as Secretary of State. Your actions thus far show a stunning lack of leadership and impartiality in your role.
You have made a clear, intentional choice to create barriers for voters of color in Georgia on the eve of a midterm election, in which you are also a candidate and the chief election official. Your office has cancelled more than 1.4 million voter registrations since 2012. You purged more than a half million voters (eight percent…
By Leigh M. Chapman
One of the most critical elections of our lifetimes is one week away. And yes, that election is a midterm election. Next year, Millennials will make up the nation’s largest adult generation, at 73 million strong. Currently, 59 percent of adults who are eligible to vote are Gen Xers, Millennials, or “post-Millennials.”
Forget what anyone else says about Millennials. We have the power.
Yet, despite becoming the largest voting bloc, we have yet to fully realize that power. Turnout among voters aged 18 to 29 in the most recent midterm election in 2014 was 19.9 percent…
By Mike Zubrensky
When credible allegations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh became public, many people with knowledge of the FBI background check process, myself included, urged the Trump administration to initiate a supplemental FBI investigation to look into those allegations. But the FBI investigation that was launched last Friday at the behest of Senators Flake and Coons risks being illegitimate. And reports that the FBI has failed to interview key witnesses and is on the verge of completing its investigation strongly suggest that it will be illegitimate.
By Mike Zubrensky
For nearly seven years, from August 2010 to January 2017, I served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Policy (OLP). I supervised the vetting of over 300 judicial nominees and worked closely with the FBI as they conducted background investigations and supplemental investigations of these individuals.
Based on my experience, the FBI should be asked to conduct a supplemental investigation into the allegations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh by Christine Blasey Ford. …
By Brent Johnson
On the evening of Friday, September 7, I sat down next to my husband on our couch and opened Twitter on my phone — a familiar, end of the week routine after a long work week. What had been a simple hope of mindlessly scrolling through my feed to catch up on news, or laugh at a funny gif, quickly gave way to an all too familiar feeling for many young Black men just like me.
Numerous posts confronted me with details about a shooting in Dallas, Texas — the city where I was born and raised.
By Ashley Allison
Billed as Unite the Right 2, white supremacists marched in our nation’s capital one month ago to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The turnout? Fewer than 25 people.
Pundits largely painted the day as a loss for the cause of white supremacy. Some pointed to low turnout as evidence of a fractured and dying neo-Nazi movement. But these conclusions don’t take into account the full story. They fail to consider a larger truth about the insidious nature of racism and its roots in our institutions, our politics, and our nation.
By Ashley Allison
Sunday, August 12, will mark the one-year anniversary of the largest white supremacist rally in recent times — a rally organized on the heels of the Charlottesville City Council’s decision to remove the statue of Confederate soldier Robert E. Lee from a bustling public park.
That weekend, America watched as burning torches and venomous, racist chants escalated overnight into physical violence. News from Charlottesville swept the nation: Heather Heyer, a young woman who believed in a better America, was murdered by a white supremacist. Two police officers who were trying to ensure safety lost their lives. …
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